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Policy indicates LSU trio could miss Alabama game

Posted on: October 20, 2011 4:19 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2011 4:57 pm
 

LSU could be without cornerbacks Tyrann Mathieu and Tharold Simon and running back Spencer Ware against Alabama if -- and the key word is "if" -- their suspensions were for a second failed drug test, according to the school’s substance abuse policy.

Mathieu, Simon and Ware will not play Saturday against Auburn "after testing positive for synthetic marijuana," The Times-Picayune reported.

LSU officials and coach Les Miles have not confirmed that the players have been suspended for a failed drug test.

Based on the school's substance abuse policy, obtained by CBSSports.com, a second positive test results in a "suspension from up to 15 percent [rounding method used] of countable contests and/or suspension up to 30 days or combination thereof upon recommendation of treatment team. The penalty will be observed in all sports from the date of signed notification."

The policy does not specify if "up to 15 percent" is a subjective decision, meaning a student-athlete can be suspended "up to 15 percent" or if the suspension is "automatically" 15 percent of games. For a 12-game season, a 15-percent suspension computes to 1.8 games, which would be rounded up to a two-game suspension.

LSU's policy also states there is no automatic suspension for a first positive test and a one-year suspension for a third.

Mathieu and Ware are starters for the No. 1-ranked Tigers, while Simon is a backup cornerback who plays mostly in nickel situations.

After playing Auburn Saturday, LSU is off next week before visiting No. 2-ranked Alabama.

According to the school’s substance abuse policy, every student-athlete is tested a minimum of twice a year. The tests can be random or announced.

However, once a student-athlete has a positive test, the "athlete is subject to unannounced testing at an increased frequency at the discretion of the Drug Prevention Coordinator," LSU’s policy states.

LSU's student-athletes are tested for: "marijuana; synthetic marijuana; cocaine; amphetamine class (includes speed, designer drug 'ecstasy,' etc.); LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide); opiate class (includes heroine, morphine, codeine, etc.); ephedrine; alcohol (ethanol); anabolic steroids and miscellaneous random tests for Clenbuterol, probenecid, barbiturates and adulterants." 

Ware is LSU's leading rusher, while Mathieu is a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate.

"I certainly understand the interest surrounding what seems to be news," Miles told reporters after Wednesday’s practice. "The problem with that news is that it's internal discipline and an internal function of a team. I'm not inclined to be forthcoming with information. I'm not reactionary to meet the [needs] of the media and things external to this building.

"So, with that being said, there’s a process that I go through. When there's information that I can share, I will. I can only tell you that I’m doing this in the best interest of our football team, our squad and to maintain a deportment and a procedure that I'm true to in a process that I'm very comfortable with. There's no real information about any specific player that I'll address at this point."

Comments

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:43 am
 

Policy indicates LSU trio could miss Alabama game

That's like shooting a guy in the back after he robbed you and was walking out the door.

Call me crazy, but that's precisely when I'd shoot him.  



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:41 am
 

Policy indicates LSU trio could miss Alabama game

Selfish players, ban them for the seaon.

But start 'em for the bowl game, right BuckeyeFan?   Or should Miles have covered this up and notified the players' "mentors" rather than suspending them.   Are the
heating/cooling bills high in your glass house? 



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:26 am
 

Policy indicates LSU trio could miss Alabama game

I think many are looking at this wrong.  If the policy states they a player can miss up to 15% of the games, "up to" would indicate the high number, so rounding would not be inclined to go up.  In a 12 game schedule, 2 games would mean 16.7%, and that is more than 15.  I think the players will miss one game, and it has little to do with Bama and more to do with math and school policy. 



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:16 am
 

Policy indicates LSU trio could miss Alabama game

You can bet your ass that LSU will disguise the charges or do something to find a way to have these players available for the Bama game.  Mark my words.



Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:27 am
 

Policy indicates LSU trio could miss Alabama game

Teres Minor - Your wrong about that.  There are hundreds of successful football players, particularly in the NFL, that play the game addicted to pain killers/opioids.



Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:26 am
 

Policy indicates LSU trio could miss Alabama game

Teres Minor - Your wrong about that.  There are hundreds of successful football players, particularly in the NFL, that play the game addicted to pain killers/opioids.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 3:16 am
 

Policy indicates LSU trio could miss Alabama game

The NCAA should ban the LSU team and there run down fans for being crack head users like usually.



Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 1:15 am
 

Policy indicates LSU trio could miss Alabama game

Selfish players, ban them for the seaon. 



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:24 am
 

Policy indicates LSU trio could miss Alabama game

by using the same logic there is a chance that none of the 3 players will miss the auburn game. If this was a first failed test for all 3 and there is no automatic suspension for a first failed test whos to say they wont just sit out the first qtr of the game. No official response has been given by anyone at LSU regarding this incident so everything is based on leaks from unnamed sources,



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:50 pm
 

C'mon, bonehead...

How many recovering herion addicts on methadone have ever been healthy enough to play football in the SEC?  They are lucky to be healthy enough to even function normally, what alone function as an elite athlete on the 99th percentile.  It takes world-class reflexes to not get killed out on the field.  There is no way anyone doing methadone or even strong painkillers can function in a game as fast as football is in this era.  


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